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Preliminary Biology

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2 | Patterns in nature

1: Organisms are made of cells that have similar structural characteristics

Lesson 1 | Cell theory

  • Outline the historical development of the cell theory, in particular, the contributions of Robert Hooke and Robert Brown

  • Describe evidence to support the cell theory

Lesson 2 | Development of the microscope

  • Use available evidence to assess the impact of technology, including the development of the microscope on the development of the cell theory

  • Discuss the significance of technological advances to developments in the cell theory

Lesson 3 | Observing cells

  • Perform a first-hand investigation to gather first-hand information using a light microscope to observe cells in plants and animals and identify nucleus, cytoplasm, cell wall, chloroplast and vacuoles

  • Identify cell organelles seen with current light and electron microscopes

Lesson 4 | Organelles

  • Identify cell organelles seen with light and electron microscopes

  • Describe the relationship between the structure of cell organelles and their function

  • Process information from secondary sources to analyse electron micrographs of cells and identify mitochondria, chloroplasts, Golgi bodies, lysosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, ribosomes, nucleus, nucleolus and cell membranes

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